Gartner Research

Web Server Load Balancing

Published: 02 October 2000

ID: G0092778

Analyst(s): Eric Thompson


This document explores the growing need to dynamically balance workload across multiple servers located on different continents. With more and more users, applications, and organizations sharing resources in a Web-hosting center, the ability to control bandwidth utilization becomes increasingly more important. Driven by the need to become more competitive, companies are evaluating different load-balancing products. In this Perspective, Gartner Dataquest analyzes the different approaches to load balancing and the competitors in this space.

Table Of Contents
  • Introduction
  • The Big Question
  • Software-Based Load Balancing
  • Switched-Based Load Balancing
  • Appliance-Based Load Balancing
  • Dataquest Perspective

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